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today. what's not going away are questions about last year's terror attack in libya after panetta's final testimony yesterday. >> if i were a family member and one of my loved ones was killed in benghazi, i would be sick to my stomach. >> republican lindsey graham declared on twitter the president, quote, has to announce for his leadership on benghazi after panetta and general martin dempsey testified, they spoke to the president only once during the eight-hour attack. >> one time. >> right. >> you talked to him how many times? >> the same one time. >> graham and his republican colleagues repeatedly pressed panetta on why there was no direct follow up with mr. obama after they met in the oval office. >> are you surprised that the president of the united states never called you, secretary penta, and said how is it going? >> normally in these situations -- >> did he know the level of threat? >> let me wa finish the answer. we -- we were deploying the forces. he was being kept up to date. >> i hate to interrupt you but we've got limited time. we didn't deploy any forces. >> the white
look, we got to solve this problem. this sequestration, secretary panetta, outgoing secretary of defense is one of the most widely respected men or person in washington, d.c. and he has been saying this nationalstate our nation security. republicans and democrats are responsible for this new cliff and i will take responsibility tore it for the republicans but we he have got to avoid it. we have got to stop it. >> chris: but if the president says the price of that is more taxes? >> the president is the same one that during the campaign said it's not going to happen. remember that? he just dismissed it. and a lot of us, in fact, lindsey graham and kelly ayotte and i were traveling around the country warning what is going to happen with sequestration. it is devastating. the world is dangerous. i'm sorry i'm a little emotional about this, the men and women in the military deserve better than what we are giving. it we just delayed the deployment of an aircraft carrier. the cuts are coming across the board. the consequences are severe. it requires bipartisanship. would i look at rev
been on this committee more than 10 years. with the exception of mr. panetta, i feel like i have been jerked around by every cia director. my question to you is: knowing your background, knowing your jesuit education, knowing what i think your values are, kihave your word that you -- can i have your word that you will be very forthcoming with this committee to speak truth to power, to speak truth about power and even when it's uncomfortable, where we have to probe in a way that is not an easy way to go? >> former adviser to the president reagan, pat buchanan is here. do you have problems with the program to use drones to kill americans overseas if they are believed to be associated with al qaeda. >> vinever seen a bigger assort ion of imperial presidency than that. the president is claiming the right for himself and high-rank subordinates to identify what they consider a threat, imminent threat, the right to use a hell-fire missile to kill them, even if they are an american citizen. i have never heard of this before. i don't think it's going to stand. i think the congress of the unit
today. the hearings today. panetta talking about the giant screw-up in benghazi, libya and brennan explaining the killer drone, does he want to be the next cia director. and let's talk benghazi first, did you learn anything? >> well, one thing that was interesting i thought from the panetta testimony is when general dempsey, he testified with leon panetta chairman of the joint chiefs and he said he was surprised when he was pressed that hillary clinton didn't read that all important august 15th cable, right, where chris stevens said, we aren't going to be able to repel and attack in benghazi with what we have. and he was pressed on that. are you surprised she didn't see he it, well, yeah, i was surprised. it looked like there was buck passing from panetta and dempsey to the state department because they said people are wondering why we didn't have armed aircraft in the vicinity, well, we didn't have enough time, and essentially saying the state department didn't request it. so, it all seems like, you know, fingers are pointing in the other direction. >> bill: here is what i think.
to be leon panetta's last day as the pentagon chief, but after a rocky confirmation hearing, senators' demands for other answers the replacement has been temporarily blocked. this is "special report." ♪ ♪ >> bret: good evening. i'm bret baier. bags are packed. ready to head out of town but leon panetta isn't riding nauf the sunset of california retirement yet. senate republicans are blocking a vote on panetta's embattled replacement over among other things questions about the libya terror attack last september. mike emanuel on what is holding up chuck hagel. >> they successfully delayed chuck hagel's controversial nomination as secretary of defense. late today, procedural vote failed after senator john mccain had made the case for waiting until after next week's recess. >> i think that is a sufficient period of time to get answers to outstanding questions and i think that senator hagel after that period of time deserves a cloture vote and a uvote on his. >> i have valued your thoughts and your contributions. i think most all of us in public office feel that way. >> among questions
panetta, the topic benghazi. >> my question to you during that eight-hour period did the president show any curiosity about how is this going? what kind of assets do you have helping these people? did he ever make that phone call? >> it appears we learned the president of the united states was in fact awol during that terrorist attack that took the lives of a u.s. ambassador and three others. now, the man you just heard from senator lindsey graham is here. 's he coming up next and be sure to log on to our special companion sight, hannity live, share your thoughts and go to hanni hannitylive.foxnews.com and we'll continue that and much more tonight. . both of us actually. our pharmacist recommended it. and that makes me feel pretty good about it. and then i heard about a study looking at multivitamins and the long term health benefits. and what do you know? they used centrum silver in the study. makes me feel even better, that's what i take. sorry, we take. [ male announcer ] centrum. the most recommended. most preferred. most studied. centrum, always your most complete. [ bop ] [ bop ]
with this committee for more than ten years and with the exception of mr. panetta, i feel i've been drug around by every cia dra director. knowing your background and your education, and knowing what i think your values are and can i have your word you're going to be very swift coming to this committee to speak truth power, speak truth about power and even when it's uncomfortable where we're going to have to prove there's not an easy way to go. >> greta: former presidential advisor, do you have any problem with this drone program to kill americans overseas if it's thought that they are somehow associated with al-qaeda, or al-qaeda. >> i've never seen a better claim of-- the president of the united states is claiming the right not only for himself, but for high ranking subordinates what they consider in another country, the hell fire missile to kill them even if they're an american citizen. i've never heard of that before. i don't think it's going to stand. the congress will have to get in on this and i think a judicial review when you're killing americans abroad deliberately. >> greta: and comi
of the day directed at leon panetta, the topic benghazi. >> my question to you during that eight-hour period did the president show any curiosity about how is this going? what kind of assets do you have helping these people? did he ever make that phone call? >> it appears we learned the president of the united states was in fact awol during that terrorist attack that took the lives of a u.s. ambassador and three others. now, the man you just heard from senator lindsey graham is here. 's he coming up next and be sure to log on to our special companion sight, hannity live, share your thoughts and go to hanni hanni hannityl all stations come over to mission a for a final go. this is for real this time. step seven point two one two. rify and lock. command is locked. five seconds. three, two, one. standing by for capture. the most innovative software on the planet... dragon is captured. is connecting today's leading companies to places beyond it. siemens. answers. if your a man with low testosterone, you should know that axiron is here. the only underarm treatment for low t. that's right, the one
the ingraham angle tonight. leon panetta talking about the giant screw up in benghazi, libya. john brennan explaining the killer drone situation to the senate because he wants to be the new cia director. joining us now from florida where she has been monitoring the proceedings today laura ingraham. so let's take benghazi first. did you learn anything? >> well, one thing that was interesting i thought from the panetta testimony is when general dempsey, he testified with leon panetta, chairman of the joint chiefs and he said he was surprised when he was pressed that hillary clinton didn't read that all important august 15th cable, right, where chris stevens said we aren't going to be able to repel an attack in benghazi with what we have. he was pressed on that. surprised didn't see it yeah, i would say i was surprised. i thought that was interesting. because it looked like buck passing going on panetta and demps dr. from the state department. people are wondering why we didn't have armed aircraft in the vicinity. well, we didn't have enough time essentially saying the state department didn't
secretary panetta says these cuts must be stopped. >> we've got to use this opportunity to express again my greatest concern, as secretary, frankly, one of the greatest security risks we are now facing as a nation, that this budget uncertainty could prompt the most significant readiness, military readiness crisis in more than a decade. . [ voice of dennis ] ...safe driving bonus check? every six months without an accident, allstate sends a check. ok. [ voice of dennis ] silence. are you in good hands? stacy: stay smart around the boat ramp. make sure you've got your partner behind to watch. kevin: there it is! (crunch!) ♪music announcer: buy a new tracker proteam 175 and get a free gift card. >> since we are now just weeks away from deep automatic cuts to federal spending, including the fed, there's no reason for that to happen. putting our fiscal house in order calls for a balanced approach not massive indiscriminate cuts that could have a severe impact on our military preparedness. >> well, that was president obama yesterday speaking about massive looming defense budget cuts, as the p
in the broader region. i think secretary clinton and panetta seemed to be overruled by the white house. >> heather: it boggles the mind, the threat streams in libya, they were equaled elsewhere with equally significant and threatening intelligence, general dempsey's words. if we know that, then why this report from the deputy general that looked at 27 overseas diplomatic posts found numerous security standards violations for overseas buildings. on top of that the state department not keeping track of all the rules violated. why is that happening? >> they inspector general tells us the what and not the why. the sense i get there really is a ideological or political overtone we are unwinding wars to allocate resources to other purposes. it's not taking seriously what any reasonable person's mind would suggest. a broadening they the threat. the scope of al-qaeda and affiliated reach is expanding. there has been a lack of willingness among top leadership especially in the white house to take that head on. >> heather: you mentioned we have heard from clinton, panetta petraeus, dempsey, bren
. >> are you surprised that the president of the united states never called you, secretary panetta, and says, how is it going? >> to california where a massive manhunt continues for an ex-los angeles police officer accused of killing three people. we're in big bear lake with the latest. reporter: conditions worsening here. the weather just really piling it on. the snow keeps coming down. they're expecting eight inches and it's well over that. this drift is nearly 12 inches deep and it's really heavy going for the authorities as they continue to hunt down their suspect, who has already killed -- they believe already killed one cop, and injured two others, and killed two other innocent people, and the real problem here is not just the weather, but also just the mountainous terrain over which the teams that are being brought in actually have to deal w is -e to the sheriff and the described the territory we're in and exactly how the search is going underway. take a listen. >> about eight square miles is what we're searching. about 200 empty cab bens we're -- cabins we're checking, using the s.w.
in november 14, 2011, letter to senator john mccain and lindsey graham. leon panetta warned about the "devastating impact" of the sequester. few in the pentagon thought congress and the white house would take the nation to brink. >> bret: jepper if griffin at pentagon. thank you. u.s. factory production dropped in january after twoson months of gains. stocks finished the week flat. dow was up 8. s&p lost 1-1/2. the answer to the question what happened the night terrorist hit the u.s. facilefy in benghazi, libya, might be what day is it? almost every day brings another detail or revision or contradiction of what we heard earlier. tonight, chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge tells us what we know and what we don't. >> according to a leading republican who said he spoke with clapper, the top intelligence officer. >> i was told by clap they're the president was informed of the attack. >> as if the president wanted anything done, neither clapper office or the security council spokesman addressed the question. >> this is the most transparent administration in history. c
at this hour. defense secretary leon panetta coming under fire at a senate hearing on the benghazi attack. >> if families asked me would it be fair to say that you were in charge? >> it's not that simple as you know. i think the people that were in charge were the people on the ground. >> pardon me? >> was secretary clinton in charge? >> people that were in charge were the ambassador there. (talking over one another) >> they were trying to save their lives. they weren't in charge. >> panetta also suspended the slow response saying there wasn't enough time or warning to try and prevent the murder of four americans. >> catholic bishop rejecting the latest plans to alter the contraception mandate. it doesn't offer enough religious attention. we have been assured by the administration we will not have to refer, pay for, negotiate for the mandate in coverage. we remain eager for the administration to fulfill that pledge. many business owners have objected to the mandate saying it forces them to violate their religious beliefs or pay hefty fines. >> more legal trouble for lance armstrong a dall
secretary leon panetta defending the administration's response during the benghazi terror attack during a senate committee yesterday. we covered it live. things were getting a little tense when senator lindsey graham asked mr. panetta a simple question. >> who was in charge in benghazi? were you in charge, secretary panetta? >> what do you mean in charge? >> as running the operation, trying to find a way to save our ambassador who was lost. trying to prevent our people from being killed? providing assistance to people who were underattack? >> i mean, it's not that simple. as you know. i think the people that were in charge with the people on the ground. >> would you say secretary clinton in charge. >> pardon me? >> was secretary clinton in charge. >> the people in charge, were the ambassador there at benghazi. >> no. but, they can't, you know, they were trying to save their lives. rick: richard grenell, a former spokesperson for the last four u.s. ambassadors to the u.n. byron york, is chief political correspondent at the "washington examiner". gentlemen, good to see you both. rick, you
. >> senator, leon panetta said in testimony this past week that he had one telephone call with the president, chairman dempsey was on the line, the call was 30 minutes long during the event in benghazi. do you think that was a level of involvement that was appropriate for the president? were you surprised that was the only phone call? >> secretary panetta indicated that there were actions that he would have taken with the benefit of hindsight that perhaps would have been different but he also said the major gap was in effect an intelligent gap, knowing what was happening on the ground. we'll need to revisit the procedures that we used. all actions taken in light of the need for greater intelligence which he identified as the major, in effect, gap during that time. >> of course coming up on tuesday, the president's annual stay of the union address, focusing on jobs and the economy. do you believe he'll pay the appropriate amount of attention to the issue that's preimminent on the concerns americans's are facing? >> he'll make jobs and the economy the centerpiece of the state of union and the
leon panetta. >> doesn't sound like a good system working with our foreign partners. >> during that eight-hour period, did the president show any curiosity about how is this going, what kind of assets do you have helping these people? did he ever make that phone call? >> there's no question in my mind the president of the united states was concerned about american lives. >> with all due respect, i don't believe that's a credible statement if he never called and asked you are we helping these people. >> the questions raise more questions than offering any sort of answers so i asked is america a safer place or in more peril under president obama's war on terror. oops. we're not supposed to call it that. are we safer or in more peril, kimberly. >> if you're in the drone program, you are pretty happy about killing terrorists. i'm concerned about lost opportunities in terms of being able to get intelligence, to gather information and to be able to make a big gefer impact overall. it hasn't become speedent enough for us to put people behind bars bars. >> are you going to invade tunis
benghazi suspect go free and then a visibly angry senator lindsay gralam, talking to leon panetta over president obama's absence of decisions in the attacks on the consulate in benghazi. >> ali an-hahairsi. the tukneesiance detained him, correct? >> he was taken into custody by the tunesians itch they released him? >> they did. >> where is he? >> naze tunisia. >> during that eight-hour period, did the president show any cureiosity about how this is going? what kind of assets do you have helping these people? did he ever make that phone call? >> look, there is no question in my mind the president of the united states was concerned about american lives -- >> with respect -- [overlapping dialogue] >> that incredible statement if he never called and asked you, are we helping these people? >> the questions raise more questions than offer any answers. is america a safer place or in more peril under the obama administration? are we safer or in more peril? >> it's an interesting question. if you are into the drone program, you are happy about killing terrorists. but i am concerned about lost o
the white house and from the administration, and when you look back at panetta's last week in the hearing when he said he called the president at 5:00 and didn't touch base with him again. it's a fallout from the president being too focused on the election, not taking care of the embassador and our folks out there in benghazi that unfortunately had to die because of this. >> chris, do you think it's the president's fault, that he was too focused on the election and didn't do anything else that night? >> you know, i think it's easy to be -- it's a cheap shot. the reality is and the administration has been clear, mistakes were made. secretary -- former secretary of state clinton testified multiple times, she talked about what happened. there was -- she took responsibility for this terrible event. there was an investigation independent in terms of what happened and how to prevent it from happening. it seems strange at this moment that senator graham is decide to go put a hold on this. to be honest, my opinion, it has more to do with the fact there's a serious division between former senator
the legal authority for the interrogations and they also point to the recent comments by secretary panetta that leads for the bin laden raid came from those cia detainees, shep. >> shepard: catherine herridge in washington. catherine, thank you. >> you are welcome. >> the defense secretary leon panetta was also on capitol hill today talking about the attack on the u.s. outpost in benghazi. he told a senate committee there was not enough time for the military to respond to the rampage that killed the u.s. ambassador chris stevens. foreign service officer sean smith and two former navy seals. tyrone woods and glen daughtery. one republican pointed out commanders didn't know how long the attack would last. >> was any airplane launched anywhere in the world to help these people? >> well, we ultimately did launch 130s to go in and rescue the people. >> when were they launched? >> they were launched in the period of time when the team went in there and when we concluded, the attack was concluded. we said we have got to get the people out of there. >> senator john mccain asked secretary panetta a
. yesterday senator lindsey graham grilled leon panetta for the obama's administration lack of leadership on the night four americans died, only to learn in fact that our commander in chief, barack obama, did nothing to help the victims that night. now last senate senator graham was on the program and reacted to that exchange right here. >> if i were a family member, and one of my loved ones was killed in benghazi, i would be sick to my stomach. the president of the united states talked to the secretary of defense for 15 minutes, never talked to the secretary of state until after the attack was over. never made a phone call saying how close are we to help these people? where is chris stevens? what did he do when he was told the ambassador was missing? we've had one ambassador killed in the last 30 years. the president of the united states has to account for his leadership here. i intend to hold him accountable. thus far the white house has delayed, denied, deceived and stonewalled, and this has to come to an end. he has to account for his leadership. >> sean: joining me now with a lesson
: the pentagon facing sweeping budget cuts which lefers secretary leon panetta would be a threat to our security. >> i don't want to see taxes increased but i would like to see the president call the leaders over to the white house and say, look, we have got to solve this problem. outgoing secretary of defense, leon panetta, is one of the most widely respected persons in washington, d.c. he's saying this will devastate tour security. republicans and democrats are responsible for this new cliff. and i'll take responsibility for the republicans but we have got to stop it, we have to avoid it. bill: you are going to hold a hearing tomorrow on these cuts. what is your best solution? >> i believe the cuts are going to happen. the president is insistent on tax increases or cuts and i think he gets spending cuts, about half of them are in the military. the best solution is let the defense department target those cuts rather than take across the board cuts. i think they will happen. i'm not going to be for tax increases and i suspect there will be no taxes. bill: just to be clear, the sequestration will
graham questioning outgoing defense chief leon panetta and president obama's absence for much of the decisions p surrounding the terrorist attacks on our consulate in benghazi. >> the suspect in the benghazi attack and the tunisiansne detained him, correct? >> yes. >> he was taken into custody. released him. >> they did. >> where ishe he? >> he is still in tunisia. >> that's not a good system of working with our partner.ri >> during that eight hours, did the president show any curiousity about how isbo this going? what kind of assets do you have helpingdo these people? did he ever make that phone call? >> look, there is no question in my mind, the president of the united states was concerned about american lives. >> well, all due respect, i don't believe that's a crediblec statement if he never called and asked you are we helping these people? >> the questions h raised more questions than offering a any sort of answers. soy ask, is america a safer place or under more peril under president obama. oops? we weren't supposed to call itam that. are we safer? >> it's an interesting
ahead. >>steve: outgoing secretary of defense leon panetta tries to explain once again why there was no help in benghazi, libya. >> you can't just willy-nilly send f-16's there and blow the hell out of a place without knowing what's taking place. >>steve: is that enough for the families of the four dead americans? we're going to talk about this shortly. >>brian: what about buzzing them over the unrest. that would have cleared it out. i'll never be this good at basketball. [music] >>brian: the amazing two-year-old who never misses a shot is here live at this hour to never miss a shot for you. "fox & friends" starts now. >>gretchen: good morning. we begin with a fox news alert. a manhunt still underway for a former police officer turned suspected officers. as many as 10,000 officers scouring many states. live outside the lapd headquarters with what we have learned overnight. >> christopher dorner is a cop with a vendetta. he is well armed, well trained. few believe he will be taken alive. this is l.a. headquarters, it is very well guarded. there are snipers on the road becaus
and we have live team coverage. >> new shocking revelations in the attack on benghazi. leon panetta painting a frightening picture about how the white house responded, or didn't. was there a crisis in leadership. >> we have a new cohost, his name is norman and he's the scooter dog. >> he's a diva. >> all right. >> he's getting ready for the show. so are we, "fox & friends" on this snowy saturday morning starts right now. >> hi folks, this is larry, you're watching "fox & friends," if you ain't, why not? >> all right, let's get to the big story, the extreme weather at this hour. a monster snowstorm is pounding the northeast in new england. this morning more than half a million homes and businesses are without power. the blizzard also blamed for at least four deaths. >> we have fox team coverage in new york city. rick reichmuth is outside our studio in manhattan and anna in central park. rick, let's start with you. >> ana or me. >> anna, she's better looking. >> no question. >> guys, are we going to anna first? >> okay, good morning to you guys. we're in central park right now in midt
the seoul benghazi suspect go free and listen to lindsay graham questioning outgoing chief leon panetta on president obama's being around for the decisions in ben didghazbenghaz. >> the tone nobounisians detain. >> yes. >> they released him? >> they did. >> where is he? >> they ahe is still in tunisia. >> during the 8 hour period did the president show any curiosity about how this is going, what kind of assets do you have helping these people? did he ever make that phone call? >> look, there is no question in my mind that the president of the united states was concerned about american lives. >> with all due respect i don't believe that's a credible statement if he never called and asked you are we helping these people. >> the questions raise more questions and don't offer any sort of answers. is america a more safer place or in peril on president obama's care. >> if you are in for the drone program you feel happy about killing terrorists but i am concerned about lost opportunities in terms of being able to get intelligence to gather information and to be able to make a bigger impact ove
lew and the senator. >> john brennan testified yesterday that it wasn't him. secretary panetta said it wasn't him. acting dci said it wasn't him. ambassador kennedy said it wasn't him. let me ask you again. who briefed the president on actually what was happening throughout this seven-hour period? >> well, in the conversation, that i was in, the national security staff was present. some of the people -- >> brennan had been included that? >> you are asking who did a briefing? that is different than who is in the conversation? >> brian: i am so confused. that's like trying to find out why you are getting a "d" in the subject. just answer the question. it doesn't seem like to president was curious yet and anyone saying i briefed the president. he called me over and over again and i called over to the secretary of defense. >> kimberly: that is called a coverup. two things. maybe not that interested. and not giving all the information. somebody is not telling the truth. >> andrea: i don't know if it's enough to stop the nomination. the biggest news came when secretary panetta and dempsey
, the administration officials point to comments by it was secretary leon panetta who today lauded allen's service. but did not say if he wants him renominated. he told him to "think about what you need to do." allen's e-mails were discovered in the investigation that led to the resignation of david petraeus. rand paul says he is prepared to put a hold on the nomination of john brennan as the new c.i.a. director. until brennan answers his questions about drones. paul says he wants to know if brennan believes the president has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike against a u.s. citizen on american soil. jack confirmation adventure today. it's the president's pick to be the new treasury secretary. but questions persist about his old job. and his role during the night of the terror attack against the u.s. mission in libya last september. >> i did speak with the president that evening. national security staff worked on the issue on nonstop basis. >> who was briefing the president? were you? >> i was in the room when the president was briefed but i was not briefing the president.
pan leon panetta, i voted for him. there's a process. when it's fully adhered to, he'll move forward. >> neil: do you think something went wrong or do you think the administration, rather than appoint a maverick like chuck hagel, it would be an easy slam dunk through the senate. yet the confirmation hearing got to be contentious. what happened? >> bottom line is people are concerned about sequestration. you have a session coming up on it. you just spoke about it. i was working in the pentagon and that's all they're talking about. a lot of concerns the senators have about what's going to happen to the military, their ability to protect the country, his statements on israel and other things, they have a right to inquire and they should have the questions answered. they don't need to ram him through. they should are the ability to do a thorough -- >> a has happened at this place you used to work. it seems broken. they can't do anything in the time allotted so we bring things up to a sequestration. the thursday one in as many months. then we have this around a confirmation around a poten
. >> democrats on their talking point list, as leon panetta won't be manning the ship and the country will be without a defense secretary. that's not true. >> no, that isn't true. the white house pulled back on that. maybe they were going to do that but that wasn't a good idea. he's not happy about it. leon panetta, who thought he would get on plane the end of this week and fly back to the monterey peninsula in california, instead will stay on the job and go overseas to a secretary defense minister meeting in europe. so another week on the job. he compared it to groundhog day. >> chris, would you stick with me for breaking news? i want to get your perspective. we're looking now -- i think you can see it there at our d.c. bureau, that's where the president will make remarks at hyde park academy. he's expected to talk about gun violence and push hard on his initiatives for tougher legislation on guns. chicago is an interesting place to do that. it's got some of the toughest gun laws in the country, yet the murder rate and viciousness in terms of violent crime leads the nation in some ca
defense cuts that continues. the outgoing defense secretary lee leon panetta has a message for everyone involved but does he have any solutions. >> we can't sit here and bitch. we can't sit here and complain. we can't sit here and blame others. martha: well the vatican has just come out and said that the pope actually, when he was on a trip to mexico last year hit his head. they're denying that that accident that we didn't know about before has played any role in the decision that he has made to step down but everyone will kind of take all the context around things that happened last few months and try to figure out what may have prompted this decision. he said he would resign. that happened a couple days ago. the vatican said for the first time that the pope has a pacemaker. batteries were recently replaced. that is fairly standard practice for people with pacemakers. really all of this leads to what will happen next month as the conclave will get together to elect a new pope. and that will happen in mid-march. bill: there is new backlash after comments made by defense secretary leon p
back on that characterization suggesting that leon panetta, the defense secretary, met with general allen just days ago. here is what panetta said yesterday. >> the opportunity to meet with him yesterday. my recommendation to him was, take your time, you know, be with your family. think about what you need to do. i think your country will always fine a way to make use of your great services but you've got to make the decision as to what you want to do in the future. >> reporter: again the pentagon is not confirming that general allen is out and no longer, in the running for that position, or that he is retiring. however, sources that ed henry has spoken to say that the general will be retiring and that he has taken his name out of the nomination process for that four-star position in europe because he worries about a bruising confirmmation process that would bring up these jill kelley e-mails which were, which we were told at the time were inappropriate and, would be embarrassing if he had to be questioned about them. jon? jon: all right. so what happens next? and in leon panetta is
. what came out because the same day he testified we had outgoing secretary of defense panetta, went to testify on benghazi and told us what we learned. two weeks ago, we talked last week about the difference between what panetta and clinton said about iran versus hagel, and two weeks ago when they went on "60 minutes" we called it the biggest pay off in history. in that show, i remember suggesting one of the reasons that came out of hillary clinton's testimony was interesting to pursue, what was the president doing? we now know the president wasn't engaged. they had a 5:15 minute meeting that was preplanned and he did not talk to secretary of defense, clinton, and according to panetta, talked to no one. what we have a foreign policy that is coming apart. >>gregg: you were in the carter administration. all hands on deck the. >> the president himself, for ten, 15, 20 hours a day, in the middle of the greatest moments of this, involved himself personally. we were trying to get them out the day they flew home we were there all night and the next morning up until the time of the inaugura
secretary lay on panetta who did praise general allen but never said he he wanted him to be renominated be the supreme allied commander in europe. then he went on to to say this that basically suggested it was up to general allen whether he was going to step aside. take lafn. >> my recommendation to him was take your time. you know, be with your family. think about what you need to do. i think your country will always find a way to make use of your great services. but you have got to make the decision as to what you want to do in the future. >> now, the president has obviously gotten john kerry confirmed as secretary of state. his cia director potentially john brennan hit some road blocks. bottom line they want to get some of these folks in place, shep. >> shepard: speaking of secretary panetta, the senate could vote this week on the president's pick to replace him. >> that's right. chuck hagel is in live to be defense secretary. he got through committee yesterday on a party line vote. republicans like lindsey graham are saying they may block this nomination unless they get more informa
of defense leon panetta says he will stay on until hagel is confirmed. senate majority leader harry reid who likes panetta called him as lame as a duck can be, shep? >> shepard: republicans say they are not trying to kill this nomination so what are they trying to do? >> that's right. republicans say that the democrats didn't seem to mind a 60 vote requirement when president bush was in office o. and they were his nominees. leading republicans say bottom line is, they aren't playing games here. there are solid public policies between members of this side of the aisle and the nominee. this is not about politics. this is not about personalities questions about should iran be able to get a nuclear weapon. >> unless there is some huge nomination in the coming days. they expect chuck hagel will get confirmed in about 10 days. shep? >> shepard: mike emanuel on the hill tonight. jerusalem is i shore about to get a boost from beautiful women. cutting a deal to return to atlantic city after years in vegas. it's a huge boost for jersey's tourism industry. coming months after that super storm sandy mad
panetta is sounding the alarm. >> make no mistake, if these cuts happen there will be a serious disruption in defense programs and a sharp decline in our military readiness. sometimes what we suffer from is bigger than we think ... like the flu. with aches, fever and chills- the flu's a really big deal. so why treat it like it's a little cold? there's something that works differently than over-the-counter remedies. prescription tamiflu attacks the flu virus at its source. so don't wait. call your doctor right away. tamiflu is prescription medicine for treating the flu in adults and children one year and older whose flu symptoms started within the last two days. before taking tamiflu tell your doctor if you're pregnant, nursing. have serious health conditions, or take other medicines. if you develop an allergic reaction, a severe rash, or signs of unusual behavior, stop taking tamiflu and call your doctor immediately. children and adolescents in particular may be at an increased risk of seizures, confusion or abnormal behavior. the most common side effects are mild to moderate nausea and vo
the testimony last week by secretary of defense panetta and chairman dempsey revealed a vacuum of leadership at the top of the obama administration that i found not only unprecedented but shocking and very, very disturbing, that the president wasn't intimately involved in worrying about these americans under attack, worried about other americans elsewhere in the middle east, in north africa, possibly being under attack, the lack of contact between the secretary of defense and the secretary of state. i mean this is a -- we face a threat in that region, the president is nowhere close to adequately dealing witness. i hope he talks about it tonight. he certainly didn't in his inaugural address. bill: would you expect that? i'm not counting on it. i don't think the president pays adequate attention to international affairs. i suppose he'll say something about north korea because he doesn't have any choice. bill: john bolton thank you. hemmer@fox news.com. bya, because you asked, just one line is all we need. martha: this story and this man who is a doctor are getting a ton of attention after he m
secretary were on capitol hill outlining the danger. >> secretary panetta and i have been using the word devastating for 16 months now. i testified last august to the consequences of sequestration if it was to occur. now, the wolf is at the door. >> i begin my career in a hollow army, i do not want to end my career in a hollow army. >> this would be the steepest, biggest reduction in total obligated go authority for the defense department in history at a time that is more dangerous than it's ever been. >> the navy had to cancel the deployment to the u.s.s. truman. army chief warned they would have to curtail training 80% of the ground forces. 3,000 small businesses will lose army contracts and could face bankruptcy they warned if sequester is not stopped. >> shep: on another subject, the president tonight at the state of the union expected to fill out the details of a dramatic troop drawdown in afghanistan? >> he is expected tonight to announce that 34,000 u.s. troops will be home at this time next year from afghanistan. that is about half of the force that is currently serving in afghan
. >> today is supposed to be secretary of defense leon panetta's last day at the pentagon. he has to stick around for at least another week. republicans had a rule that requires the nominee for defense secretary to get 60 votes in the senate for confirmation. mr. hagel got only 58. republicans said they wanted to spend more time to dig into his back ground and now they got it. >> i hope one democrat will look at chuck hagel's record and some of the outrageous statements they made about israel and reconsider have one democrat vote no. if he could find one democrat to vote no the flood gates would open. >> he wanted to install the confirmation until the white house reveals more information about the benghazi terror attack. president obama never called any officials in libya until the smoke had cleared and four americans were dead. now he has a chance to get even more information. another republican senator ted cruise in texas sl raising red blaggs about a possible conflict of interest with chuck hagel just because he won't release some financial discloesh ours. they were wondering why hagel
yesterday that it wasn't him. secretary panetta said it wasn't him. in hearings, the acting d.c.i. mike morell said it wasn't him. ambassador kennedy said it wasn't him and the f.b.i. said it wasn't them. we've eliminated a lot of people who had contacts within the intelligence community that knew firsthand what was going on in benghazi. let me ask you again: who briefed the president on actually what was happening throughout this seven-hour period? who was your primary point of contact in the intelligence community? >> as chief of staff, i didn't usually reach out directly to the intelligence community. i worked through the national security staff. >> was there anybody from the intelligence community in that briefing session on a continual basis to your knowledge? >> the intelligence community was in close touch with the white house, with the national security team on a near constant basis. >>steve: it's pretty clear nobody was briefing the president of the united states. it was -- keep in mind it was a couple of months before the election, and clearly the picture we are getting right
secretary panetta about the continuing investigation into benghazi and revealed that the defense department spoke to the white house just once during the seven hours that the attack was going on. let's listen to that exchange that took place on capitol hill. >> talked to him on september 11th with regards to the fact that we were aware this attack was taking place. >> one time. >> right. >> you talked to him how many times. >> the same, one time. >> uma: the him they're referring to is the president, speaking just one time when that attack was going on. what was your reaction when you heard that news? >> amazing. but then again, as somebody working with the the intelligence community, i knew that information and more information's going to come out, regarding the benghazi attack, that will make them shocked. how we have been conducting and are conducting attacks or plans or projects regarding how we are defending the country. and people are going to be surprised. very surprised. >> well, i think we're also still surprised what we're hearing right now. it seems unbelievable that when you hav
operation. on wednesday, defense secretary leon panetta spoke on the thousands of cyber attacks that threatened this country every day. >> thousands of cyber attacks that are striking at the private sector, strike at silicon valley, strike at government, strike at the defense department and our intelligence agencies. and cyber is now at a point where the technology is there to cripple a country. >> well, joining us now to talk about the serious threats of secyber attacks, at the defense post naval school. dr. aquilla, great to have you with us, thank you for joining me today. [applause] >> so everybody knows, what is a cyber attack. >> a cyber attack aims to disrupt information flow. sometime the information flow, controls our power grid. sometimes it controls our financialses, our stock markets. basically everybody run by society is run by the flow, and our military. and the head of the cyber command said last summer scale of one to ten, rates america's cyber security a three. >> mike: that's not encouraging and the fact is that if we had some serious cyber war going on. this
now firing back saying outgoing defense secretary leon panetta has already testified at length about benghazi just last week and lawmakers should not play politics with critical nominations. steve centanni live with the news from washington, steve? >> reporter: yeah, there could be an attempt to hold up two important nominations. until the white house answers more questions about benghazi. now, senator lindsey graham want today know if the president worked out personally to libyan leaders during that in benghazi. he seaid that hagel and brennan could be side track until they get the answers they want. stopping short of a filibuster, graham has concerns whether the president did enough to stop the attack that killed four americans. >> i do believe if he had picked up the phone and called the libyan government these folks could have gotten to the airport out of the annex and last two guys could have been alive and if he did call the officials, and blew him off and affect whether i give foreign aid in the future to libya. if he failed to call on behalf of those under sage, a massive fai
. and panetta revealed they didn't talk for eight hours while this whole thing was going on. >> right, right, and-- >> go ahead. >> it it can be important for a president to oversee something like this. i don't know if you remember, but it was directly reagan ordering the invasion of granada and advised against it, he said no, i don't care, there are americans there, we're going in and followed it up saying, don't worry you can always trust the american people. and this is new information, now. i mean, on one hand it kind of depresses me to keep going through what a shocking outrage benghazi was because anyone who cared knew about it before the election and still obama was reelected. on the other hand, this is new information, the media was desperately trying to make sure obama got reelected. you know, maybe they wouldn't cover this now. i think whenever you talk about benghazi, it would be useful to play a little clip of hillary and susan rice claiming it was this american-- egyptian-american film maker out here in l.a. and some siller trailer he put online. they lie about this and an ameri
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